Kentucky ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ teen couple captured in Florida

18 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

18-year-old and girlfriend, 13, suspected in crime spree across South are arrested in Florida.

The 14 days on the lam are over and now two teenagers, ages 18 and 13, who have left a trail of stolen vehicles and bad checks from Kentucky to Florida now say they just want to go home. In Kentucky, a couple officials said are 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips walk into a South Carolina Wal-Mart and are captured on surveillance video.The Kentucky teenage fugitives and star-crossed lovers – whose Southern crime spree recalled images of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde – were apprehended in Florida on Sunday after nearly two weeks on the run.

Dalton Hayes, 18, and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, who fled their Kentucky homes on Jan. 3 were finally spotted by police in Panama City early Sunday morning and arrested without incident, Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins told the Daily News Sunday morning. The teens led police on a chase from Kentucky through Georgia, South Carolina and Florida after stealing a truck with a firearm inside Jan. 4 and plowing through a Kentucky cattle farm.

The teens are accused of stealing three vehicles in multiple states and Hayes is wanted on charges of custodial interference for luring Phillips away from home. But Hayes said they are both OK and that he said he “wants to come home.” The two are in good health and are awaiting to be brought before a judge in Florida, which could happen on Tuesday, he said. Hayes’s mother, Tammy Martin, originally thought Phillips was 19 years old and said the couple had been dating for three months, WHAS 11 in Louisville previously reported.

Hayes and Phillips began their run from the law and their families earlier this month when they vanished from their small hometown in western Kentucky. Marshalls received a tip on Saturday they were in a local Walmart and then sent information to multiple agencies looking for the two fugitives, he said. Police believe that, for a while at least, the couple bounced around between friends and family then stayed in abandoned homes and trailers in Kentucky.

Cheyenne “would go in and write checks, and she would come out with cigarettes and stuff, so I didn’t have any reason not to believe she wasn’t 19,” Martin said. “Because normally you can’t buy cigarettes when you’re 13 years old. Norman Chaffins, sheriff in Grayson County, Kentucky, where the pair disappeared 14 days ago, said the couple’s behavior had become “increasingly brazen and dangerous.” Twice, the teens were able to evade law officers in Kentucky, the sheriff said. Authorities believe they then headed to Georgia and stole a pickup truck from the driveway of a man’s home in Henry County, about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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